Huskies finish first in division despite loss in final match


October 26, 2013, Winnipeg (ISN) – The University of Winnipeg Wesmen exploded for four second half goals in a 4-1 defeat over the No. 7 ranked Saskatchewan Huskies Saturday night at the Winnipeg Soccer Complex in Winnipeg.

Saskatchewan went into the halftime break clinging to a 1-0 lead but after Wesmen head coach Pedro Daza made four substitutions at half time, the game turned around in Winnipeg’s favor.

Kenny Sacramento, Miguel Fictoria, Adam Bromley and Scott Ansell were the Wesmen goal scorers. Luigi Bekwayo opened the scoring for Saskatchewan in the first half.

This was the final match for Winnipeg who finish the season with a 5-7-3 record. The loss drops the Huskies to 8-5-2. But due to an Alberta Golden Bears loss to the Mount Royal Cougars, Saskatchewan will finish first in the Canada West Prairie Division. The Huskies will travel to UBC for the Canada West Final 6 and receive a bye into the semifinal.

The visting Huskies came out strong in the opening half and came very close to opening the scoring in the first five minutes of play. Third year striker Brett Levis had two scoring opportunities from close range but Wesmen goalkeeper Tyson Farago made the saves on both shots. Winnipeg had a glorious chance of their own to open the scoring soon after. Second year forward Ryan Ramjiawan streaked down the right side and blasted a shot on target only to have Huskies goalkeeper Michael Bandula make the save.

Saskatchewan managed to open the scoring in the 28th minute when Luigi Bekwayo scored his seventh goal of the season on a nice feed from Garrett Peters. There was no more scoring in the opening half with Saskatchewan heading to the locker room up 1-0.

The hometown Wesmen finally hit the scoreboard in the 50th minute. Kenny Sacramento converted a pass from Miguel Fictoria and beat Bandula to even the score at 1-1. Winnipeg continued to carry the play and were rewarded for their efforts in the 64th minute as Fictoria scored his third goal of the season to put the Wesmen ahead 2-1. The Wesmen scored their third goal of the half in the 70th minute, Adam Bromley converted a corner kick from Enrique Garcea and beat Bandula for his fifth goal of the season giving Winnipeg a 3-1 lead.

The Huskies desperately looking for some offence had some opportunities in the 73rd minute but Levis was turned away by Wesmen goalkeeper Joshua Partaker, who came in at halftime for Farago. Winnipeg closed out the scoring in the 80th minute, Scott Ansell took a pass from Sacramento and made no mistake putting a quick shot past the Huskies goalkeeper. The assist was Sacramento’s third point of the night.

Winnipeg had 17 total shots while the Huskies had 14. Farago and Partaker made five saves combined. Bandula made five saves for the Huskies.